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Bad behavior brings bans from KU campus, as shown in released letters

August 7, 2011

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Letters released recently by Kansas University show the wide variety of ways people can get banned from the campus.

Jill Jess, a university spokeswoman, said that KU banned 42 people in 2010 and 28 people through early July of this year. Some of those were banned from the entire campus, but the majority were only for parts of campus, she said.

Under a Kansas Board of Regents policy, the university can ban faculty, staff, students or visitors for activity that obstructs the function of the university or creates an imminent threat or danger to people or property.

The Journal-World filed an open records request to obtain the letters KU sent to people that were banned. KU didn’t release any letters that had been sent to students, citing a federal law that protects student records from disclosure.

The university also blacked out the names of the nonstudents who were banned, along with some other information.

But what they did release provides a glimpse at the kind of activity that can get you barred from stepping foot on the university grounds, at least for a limited duration.

Many of the letters simply stated that a person had been banned from student housing facilities for violating drug or weapons policy, or for criminal behavior. But some of the letters describe more unusual cases.

l One person owed $1,679.37 to KU after last having been enrolled at KU in 2007 and was not allowed to re-enroll or obtain services until the bill was paid. In February 2010, KU found that the person had been attending a class and demanding that the work done for the class be graded.

Later, the same person had been “appearing at various Student Success offices demanding services including readmission, financial aid and housing,” according to the letter.

In August, the person again demanded to be readmitted at the Admissions Office and went to Jayhawker Towers and demanded to be assigned to the same apartment that the person had lived in previously.

The person was banned from campus for three years, or until the bill was paid, whichever came first.

• A man was banned from campus for five years in April 2010 after a series of incidents in Watson Library. He came in and was “yelling at patrons and telling them how hard it is to digest food after killing people,” the letter read.

The letter described how he also defecated on the floor of a fourth floor restroom and, with fecal matter on his clothes, asked library patrons if they had any pants he could use.

He then entered Anschutz Library at 1 a.m. and grabbed a library patron’s laptop and threatened to slap him. The person also had an extensive criminal history with the Lawrence police.

• A former employee of the Kansas Memorial Unions was banned from union property for three years after she entered nonpublic areas at the Crimson Cafe in the Burge Union and talked with staff about nonwork-related matters.

She was asked to leave and only agreed to do so after someone threatened to call police. She later revisited the Crimson Cafe dressed in a parka closed around her face, accompanied by a man dressed in his pajamas, and was again reported to be agitated.

• Former Athletic Director Lew Perkins banned a man from entering Kansas Athletics facilities after he entered the Kansas Athletics marketing office and was “very aggressive to the staff members and used inappropriate language in their presence.”

Comments

sad_lawrencian 3 years, 4 months ago

They also don't like music students (undergrad and grad) practicing in Murphy Hall after-hours. I don't think such behavior will get someone banned (at least not on the first offense), but does get you some serious lectures from the KU police department.

equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 4 months ago

The University of Michigan has banned approximately 2000 people from its Ann Arbor campus since 9/11. These were life-time bans. Only after the ACLU intervened was the university forced to adjust these bans so they have to be reconsidered after one year. 9/11 has been used as an excuse for robbing people of civil liberties and blaming and framing people who peaceably stand up for civil rights. More and more peaceful protest is being criminalized.

KU-Lawrence is a police state, and a more bad faith one than most. These accounts you publish sound fairly one-sided, but in reality KU employs sadists in its HR Department, and they tend to smear in incredibly cruel and unprofessional ways anyone who purposely or accidentally exposes university lies.

KU has wing-nuts for employees. I have never felt less safe or less welcome on any campus--such a toxic, backwoods place that is full of bigotry and prejudice and beyond clueless on how to treat people like human beings.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 4 months ago

That sounds terrible! You should definitely leave because of it.

Ignignokt 3 years, 4 months ago

+1 I'm so glad I live on the moon, no where near that horrible place

crimsonlaugh 3 years, 4 months ago

Do you know how many people are employed by KU? And you're going to claim "KU has wing-nuts for employees."? Do you know every single employee? Talk about toxic.

kernal 3 years, 4 months ago

If KU and Lawrence has been such a horrible experience for you, then why are you still here? Seems to me you would want to move to a place more to your liking.

lawslady 3 years, 4 months ago

Backwoods? How many screen names do you use? That phrase keeps cropping up in a lot of posts with the same ranting flavor. Are your initials AR? If so, may I suggest that if you find the state and KU so horrible - you can simply LEAVE and go somewhere new!? Here's a hint; if you think the whole world is against you, it might just be YOU that has the problem.

kusp8 3 years, 4 months ago

Yeah.....I don't think 9/11 has anything to do with this article. Move along troll.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 4 months ago

Is screaming out a manifesto about the people's budget over and over and over grounds for banishment?

Kris_H 3 years, 4 months ago

If the lunatic defecator shows up again, please send him to equalaccessprivacy's location ASAP. There he can practice his form of free speech without inhibition.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 4 months ago

equal & goodcountrypeople need to get together & do a circle-hate about KU.

lawslady 3 years, 4 months ago

Based upon their style of writing and phrases they use, I suspect that they are one and the same person.

persevering_gal 3 years, 4 months ago

Is Brownback on this list for bad behavior?

gsxr600 3 years, 4 months ago

“Yelling at patrons and telling them how hard it is to digest food after killing people”

Lol

doc1 3 years, 4 months ago

What about shooting at people with a bb gun?

Sara Garlick 3 years, 4 months ago

If KU can ban non-students if they threaten someone or interfere with the running of school, why can't they ban Fred Phelps & his posse?? They do threaten ppl & they impede on the flow of campus.

somedude20 3 years, 4 months ago

"I'm so bad I should be in detention." "Come down! I'm the man!"

tophawk87 3 years, 4 months ago

Mark Mangino was banned from Joe's donuts, but he kept coming back demanding more Jelly Rolls....

goodcountrypeople 3 years, 4 months ago

I like the way KU cites FERPA when it suits them, but behind the scenes their administrators are so completely brutal and retaliatory and flaunting in their lawless ways they will abuse workers and students on campus by abusively and illegally invading people's privacy and threatening illegal open court proceedings on anyone who has the gumption to protest this.

They do not even have the class or professionalism to follow the internal due process policies federal law and to some extent their own policies dictate. Instead, they prefer to frame and point fingers at and criminalize victims--smearing those who call them on their felonious ways by trying to portray them as unbalanced or guilty of the racist attitudes and bigotry they themselves harbor. Incompetence at its most frightening equals KS people in action. Unless you are from the backwoods , don't move here. Stay in civilization. Dang, if you want to be violated and persecuted and have your dignity completely shredded just try pursuing a degree at KU.

kernal 3 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like some serious mental health issues going on with some of the banned and sour grapes with the others.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 4 months ago

"I like the way KU cites FERPA when it suits them, but behind the scenes their administrators are so completely brutal and retaliatory and flaunting in their lawless ways they will abuse workers and students on campus by abusively and illegally invading people's privacy and threatening illegal open court proceedings on anyone who has the gumption to protest this..." This week's leader in the run-on sentence contest has been identified.

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